30 May 2021
Series: Guest Preachers
1 Samuel 31 depicts the tragic death of King Saul, the first anointed king of Israel. Sadly, he did not follow God as his successor King David would. Ultimately, he was lost in shame and suffered the tragic end of suicide. Thankfully, our greater King, the Lord Jesus, will always remain faithful, even as He conquers sin and death and hell on our behalf and for our salvation.
23 May 2021
Jesus prophesies and foretells the destruction of Jerusalem that would occur in AD 70. Because of His faithful shepherding, many Christians escaped the assault and destruction of Jerusalem at the hands of the Romans. That destruction was only a type and a symbol of the persecution that Christians in every generation will face. God is faithful to guard His people and keep them safe, even through death.
16 May 2021
In these verses, Jesus foretells the destruction of Jerusalem and its Temple. We know that this was fulfilled in AD 70 when the Romans came and burned the city to the ground. Importantly, Jesus is explaining that this would not be the end of religion. God’s people are always to take hope and to take heart because Jesus reigns from everlasting to everlasting. Wars and rumors or wars and famines and earthquakes cannot stop King Jesus. Praise His name!
9 May 2021
Jesus gives His last powerful and stern warning to the scribes and Pharisees in this seventh woe. He underscores how their rebellion against His person and work is the same as the rebellion of God’s people in the Old Testament. Both have rejected God’s Word as He so graciously revealed it to us. May we never do the same. May we always come to Jesus Christ, who is the Word made flesh, and may He grant us life in His Spirit.
2 May 2021
Jesus explains the difference between Pharisaic religion (Judaism) and the Gospel of His grace. The religion of the Jews (at least those misguided by the scribes and Pharisees) was one of works. And because no man can be perfect, they were even hypocritical in how they upheld that religion. Only in the Gospel does Jesus free us by His grace and by His righteousness actually to serve God in sincerity. We will never be perfect in this life, but we can be saved.
25 April 2021
Jesus proclaims another set of woes upon the scribes and Pharisees in these verses. He does so primarily because they do not obey the Law perfectly. In fact, He warns them against their current practice, which actually undermines the Law. Instead, He pleads with them to look to Him as the only perfect Law-obeyer. May we do the same and find our true hope in Jesus alone.
18 April 2021
In this passage, Jesus begins His last teaching discourse in Matthew’s Gospel. He outlines for His disciples and for all people how they are to act as Kingdom citizens. They are not to be filled with pride, but rather they are to be humble before the Lord. We know this to be true because Jesus even humbles Himself as He comes to live and die for His people. May we all look to Him for salvation this day!
11 April 2021
Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the son of David, is the great King and ruler over all things. He has set the Father’s love and affection on us because of His perfect and finished work, and nothing can alter or change God’s intention to deliver us to Himself in glory. Only this reality will help us to weather the storms of this life. Only this promise will motivate us to obey these 2 great commandments.
4 April 2021
Jesus combats false teaching of the most important kind in this passage: the denial of the Resurrection. Without the true doctrine of the Resurrection (both of Christ’s and of ours), the Christian faith and life become meaningless. But with the truth of the Resurrection, everything in this life gains meaning. Indeed, there is nothing that the Christian can’t face in the light of God’s grace through eternity.
28 March 2021
Jesus in this passage explains the relationship between the church and the state. More importantly, He demonstrates that God is over all things. And through the Gospel, specifically, Jesus enables His followers to live in any nation-state, no matter what system of government is in power. Christians can pay taxes to a tyrant just as they can to a benevolent ruler. This is possible only because God has provided everything His people need in Jesus Christ.
21 March 2021
Series: Guest Preachers
Jesus gives the perfect and model prayer for Christians in this passage of Scripture. By praying this prayer, God’s people are asking their King and Heavenly Father to use them and to work through them in order that His Kingdom might come on earth. Christians should take great hope and encouragement as they make this prayer. God is always faithful to answer this prayer. Truly, may His will be done on earth, as it is in heaven!
14 March 2021
In this passage, Jesus tells a parable about a great king that throws a lavish party for his son. He then explains that God is this King, and He is the Son. The wedding feast thrown is a picture of His Kingdom. Although everyone is invited to come and celebrate, only those who are clothed in Christ may enter (and stay). Are you clothed in the righteous robes of Jesus Christ?
7 March 2021
The Parable of the Tenants paints a stark and sad picture of God’s people refusing to hear God’s message and even rejecting His messengers. The most obvious occasion of this rejection was of Jesus Christ, God’s own Son. Thankfully, God appointed this time, and He has even working salvation and redemption through the cross of Christ. May we all come to Jesus and be found in Him so that we can bear fruit to the glory and praise of God the Father, the great owner of the vineyard!
28 February 2021
Matthew 21:23-32 outline two of Jesus’ teachings that are related. The first section of the passage demonstrates that Jesus has divine authority because He is the God of the universe who has come in the flesh. The second section then shows us that Jesus is the only one who can actually produce the inward change that God requires to satisfy holiness and justice. May everyone look to this Jesus in order to have life and salvation.
21 February 2021
In this passage, Jesus comes to a barren fig tree and curses it for not bearing fruit as it was designed to do. He again uses an agricultural illustration in these verses to make a larger point. It isn’t about the fig tree itself. Instead, Jesus wants people to understand the fruitlessness of the Israelites of His day, primarily represented by the Jerusalem Temple and her leadership. The only way for Christians to bear fruit is by faith in Jesus Christ through the power of His Holy Spirit as we come to ask the Father in prayer.
14 February 2021
Jesus comes into Jerusalem for Passover and immediately cleanses the Temple of its false worship. He exposes the Temple leadership for what they really were: profiteers. Jesus then calls all of us back to a true and sincere love and devotion for God the Father. And He underscores that this kind of life is only possible through the transformative power of His Holy Spirit.
7 February 2021
The beginning of Matthew 21 reveals that Jesus is indeed the King of the Jews. In fact, as He rides into Jerusalem, it is already foreshadowed that He is the King of all the nations. Matthew quotes from Zechariah 9 at least partly to demonstrate that Jesus is the Savior of the entire world–not every single person who ever lived, but a people from out of every tribe and nation and language. May Jesus Christ, the only true King, the King of all kings, be praised forevermore!
31 January 2021
Jesus fields an unholy question from His disciples in this passage. They are concerned to see Jesus reigning in Jerusalem, but they are also quick to ignore His suffering and death. They want to know who is the greatest and who will have the most honor. Jesus’ reply, however, underscores that His ministry and life are highlighted by humility. Is your life marked by this same kind of humility–a quality that can only come from the Holy Spirit?